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The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, it was founded in 1852.


Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz are to go on display in England for the first time as part of the V&A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition. They’re on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC. The pair will be on show at the London museum from October 20th – November 18th, alongside Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore. The most famous footware in the history of Hollywood were created by Gilbert Adrian, MGM’s exquisite  wardrobe designer.

Four other shoes have been accounted for in museums or private collections. A fifth pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005, and never found.

The exhibition, which runs from October 20th – January 27th, and features 130 costumes, including garments worn by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot; Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark; and Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. The prestigious curator of this cinematic related event is Deborah Nadoolman Landis, an Oscar-nominated costume designer, and wife of director John Landis.

The V&A holds some of the most impressive programs in London; this in part because of the large galleries devoted to temporary exhibitions. Each year, you will find a dozen different exhibits being staged, and covering all areas of collections. One of the larger displays in recent years: Grace Kelly: Style Icon in 2010.


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